It’s been just a few weeks since Jay Z got caught up in Barneys’ racial profiling controversy and Mr. Carter decided to update his fans & supporters with everything that’s going on.
For those of you that don’t remember, Barneys got busted on two separate occasions racially profiling and harassing Black shoppers Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips.
Prior to the controversy, Jay Z planned to launch BNY SCC, an exclusive collection in collaboration with Barneys — but many have called for him to cancel those plans in wake of what’s happening. He released a statement defending his position and responding to the backlash.
His statement today offers further insight as to how and why he’s continuing on with his plans. On his website, he writes:
In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter
And there you have it.